His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall chaired, on Tuesday at the presidential palace in Dakar, the launch ceremony of the project on the setting up of an Entrepreneurship Training Center, a project that confirms the sovereign's continuous commitment to solid, active and solidarity-based south-south cooperation.
At the beginning of the ceremony, president delegate for the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development Mostapha Terrab gave before the two heads of states a speech in which he underlined that this training center is based on a common vision to share know-how and expertize among the Moroccan and Senegalese partners.
The center, to be built in the new urban zone of Diamniadio (Dakar), will offer technical training to create enterprises, said Terrab, noting that the future facility will train 300 young people yearly on entrepreneurship, assist 100 young people holding projects to set up their enterprises, in addition to training on tourism trades with an initial capacity of 100 students annually.
Fruit of a partnership between the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development, the Senegalese ministry of vocational training, apprenticeship and handicraft and the Office of vocational training and labor promotion (OFPPT), the center will benefit poor and dropout young people aged 18-35, as well as graduates of vocational training or skilled work, said Terrab.
The training starts first with the selection and guidance for candidates ('Soft Skills' training, entrepreneurship unit), then the choice of project holders (individualized assistance for project setting up, internship) and afterwards support to create enterprises (funding support mechanism, mentoring and entrepreneurial coaching), Terrab added.
The center will offer a training program that is adapted to the local context and includes basic courses (management, accounting..) and practical internships with the aim of setting up businesses, he noted, underlining that at the end of the training cycle, the students will possess the tools enabling them to create their own enterprises which will facilitate their professional and social integration.
The president delegate for the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development, set up in 2008 at the initiative of HM King Mohammed VI, presented afterwards the Foundation's fields of activities, philosophy and achievements.
Terrab also cited the Foundation's project of building and equipping the Mohammed VI Ophthalmology Clinic of Dakar in 2013, affirming that 16,000 medical checkups and 800 ophthalmological surgeries are conducted on a yearly basis in the facility which also ensure training for its medical staff.
He also recalled the construction of a small-scale fishing unloading site in Soumbedioune in Dakar, adding that this fishing site will be operational late 2017.
Afterwards, HM the King, who was accompanied by HH Prince Moulay Ismail, and the Senegalese head of state presided over the signing ceremony of a draft agreement for the setting up of the Entrepreneurship Training Center.
It was inked, on the Senegalese side, by minister of vocational training, apprenticeship and handicraft Mamdou Talla and, on the Moroccan side, by Mostapha Terrab, president delegate for the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development and Larbi Bencheikh, director general of the Office of vocational training and labor promotion (OFPPT).
The ceremony was attended by the official delegation accompanying the sovereign, members of the Senegalese government and several high-ranking civil and military figures.